What a Difference a Day Makes

Yesterday I posted this.  Today I’m almost dancing in the street.  I tried a couple of the things I thought of yesterday morning and, lo and behold, they worked!  I was able to render the flick, with the audio in sync!  It took 2.5 hours, but at least I don’t have to be there or can work on other things.

(For those of you who might stumble across this searching Kdenlive, I turned off ‘proxy clips’ for all the subprojects and set each of the the render configurations for the highest quality.  I was/am using the appimage version, which is (or close to) version kdenlive-18.12.1b-x86_64.appimage.)

Now I need to get the music sorted out, plus check on a few things John mentioned when he last viewed it.  I also noticed, with the high quality render, that there were a couple of shots that seemed to be of poor quality.  Since the shots before and after seemed fine, I need to see if the original material has the same problem.  If so, well such is life.  If the original is clean, then I need to see if I can figure out how to fix it.

I re-rendered the trailer, after learning all these tricks.  It looks _so_ much better!  And rendered at 1080 highest quality it was still only around 65 MB.  I bet with the default quality (which, frankly, I can’t see any difference on my monitor) and at 720 (which is probably plenty large for a trailer for Youtube) it’ll be 1/10th that.  (In case you’re interested, the whole thing rendered, at it’s highest quality, at around 6.6 GB; at 720 and with the default quality level, it rendered to around 650MB.)  I still need to rejigger the trailer, I’m not happy with the middle where they’re singing, and I need to find out why the audio at the end was crappy (sometimes just re-rendering it will solve that issue), but I feel good now.

What a difference 24 hours can make!


Oh, I believe I found a near perfect festival to submit to:


It’s ‘right around the corner’ at about an hour North of our place in Winchester, Virginia, which is also a hotbed of the Civil War (a friend who’s deep in the Civil War tells me Winchester changed hands 72 times!).  Hopefully the topic, plus the fact that portions of it were shot in Woodstock, VA (about a half hour South of Winchester) will give me an edge getting accepted.

Author: mitusents

Biochemist, MBA, then programmer. Now novelist, screenplay writer and hopefully director. What a strange trip it's been.